22 September 2012

The Choice of Asa

One of our contacts at Flickr is Asa aka asa9bobnote2 from England. He is the founder of the Alain Delon group at Flickr and of course we joined this group. We asked Asa to make his choice of 10 favorite postcards from this group. Asa: "It's difficult picking ten favorites, but restricting it to postcards has made it easier." Here's the Choice of Asa:

Alain Delon by Sam Levin (1957).
Postcard. Photo: Sam Lévin, 1957. Collection: Asa.
Asa: "If you would include a bio of Alain, I'd be very grateful." In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s Alain Delon (1935) was the breathtakingly good-looking James Dean of the French cinema. The 'male Brigitte Bardot' soon proved to be a magnificent actor in masterpieces by Luchino Visconti and Michelangelo Antonioni. In the late sixties Delon came to epitomise the calm, psychopathic hoodlum in the 'policiers' of Jean-Pierre Melville, staring into the camera like a cat assessing a mouse. Continue reading at our earlier Alain Delon post.

Alain Delon.
Postcard. Collection: Asa.
Asa: "'Breathtakingly beautiful' is so true because looking at him still takes my breath away."

Alain Delon. Postcard.
Dutch postcard by Gebr. Spanjersberg, licency holder for UFA Film-foto in the Netherlands. Photo: Sam Lévin / UFA. Collection: Asa.

Romy Schneider, Alain Delon
German postcard by Franz Josef Rüdel Filmpostkartenverlag, Hamburg-Bergedorf, no. 2638. Photo: Safra-Gloria-Film/Vogelmann. Publicity still for Christine (1958, Pierre Gaspard-Huit).
"I had to pick a photo with Romy..."

Alain Delon, Brigitte Bardot
German postcard by Krüger, no. 902/95, ca. 1961. Photo Sam Levin. Publicity photo for Amours célèbres (1961, Michel Boisrond). Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot starred in the segment Agnès Bernauer.
"...and - of course - the classic one of him with BB."

Alain Delon
German postcard by Krüger. Photo: Ufa.
"Most women need makeup to improve their looks, but some men - especially Alain Delon - are so handsome/beautiful that it's almost illegal."

Alain Delon
French postcard. Photo: Sam Lévin.
"Every time I see a 'new' photo of Alain Delon, my breath is snatched away again."

Alain Delon
French postcard by Editions P.I., no. 1026. Photo: Sam Lévin.
"This photo is one of the best I've ever seen. So beautiful."

Anthony Delon
Anthony Delon. Rumanian postcard by Casa Filmului Acin, C.P.C.S. Cda 33132. Collection: Véronique3
"Anthony, his son, was also beautiful, but I don't think his looks last as long as his father's."

Alain Delon
Spanish postcard by Bergas Ind. Graf., no. 572.
"This is great. Regards, Asa."

Thank you, Asa. We love your choice. Alain Delon is our most viewed European Film Star of all time here at the blog, so our readers probably agree. The Choice of... is an irregularly appearing series. Earlier guests were Egbert Barten, Véronique3 and Didier Hanson.

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